Abandoned Odessa Dogs Found, Owner Comes Forward

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - It's anything but easy to watch the surveillance video taken Saturday at the Odessa Humane Society. A woman abandons her two small dogs, runs back to her car and takes off. Hoping to catch up to her, those little dogs chase after her down the street.

"Oh, I was just heartbroken," Zunna Box, Owner of McCheesio's Pizza, said. "It just made me sick seeing someone throw their dogs out like that."
Zunna Box, who owns a pizza parlor on West University found the two Miniature Pinchers bolting down the street by her business. But it wasn't until Monday night, when our story aired that she realized where they came from.
"As soon as we saw them on the TV we could tell one of them had a little short tail and he has the long tail and they were running together just like we saw on TV,' Box said. "I knew that was them."
Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson tells NewsWest 9, the security cameras at the Humane Society have made all the difference in their ability to handle the case. Right now, they're still investigating. 
"That's what we're doing an investigation on - whether this fits into the category of the abandonment or cruelty of a non-livestock animal," Donaldson said.
"My heart goes out to her," Box said. "I know that's probably something she didn't want to do. I don't have any ill feelings towards her, I just wish she would have thought of something else to do other than putting her at risk."

At this point, the Sheriff's office is still investigating. They're interviewing the woman who turned herself in and a witness. If they decide to pursue legal action, she'll face a Class A Misdemeanor.

Zunna says she is hoping to find a good home for the dogs, but if that doesn't work out she plans to keep them.